Tunstall Reservoir Walk
Follow the footpath around this pretty reservoir and nature reserve near Wolsingham in Country Durham.
It's a lovely place for an easy stroll with species rich woodland on the eastern side of the reservoir and a nature reserve at the northern end. Look out for a variety of birdlife including Great rested grebe, tufted duck, goosander, moorhen, coot, mallard and common sandpiper. Butterflies are also common in the reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for admiral, small tortoiseshell, peacock and meadow brown.
The whole of this circular route is designed for walkers but cyclists can enjoy the lovely country lane on the western side of the reservoir too. The trail runs for about 2 miles so will probably take around an hour to complete. There's a series of benches dotted around the site if you want to take the weight of your feet and enjoy the view.
There's a small car parking area on the eastern side of the water on Leazes Lane. You can pick up the footpaths here and there's also a picnic area for some sandwiches after your walk.
PostcodeDL13 3LZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Tunstall Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Tunstall Reservoir Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Tunstall Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Tunstall Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into Wolsingham and there's a number of good options for post walk refreshments. The Black Bull is located on the Market Place and does good food at reasonable prices. Outside there's a south facing garden area for finer days. They also have a few decent rooms if you need to stay over. You can find the inn at a postcode of DL13 3AB for your sat navs.
The reservoir is a nice place for a dog walk and there's some good trails in the surrounding woods too. The Black Bull mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You could start the walk from the nearby market town of Wolsingham if you prefer. There's a nice public footpath heading north from here along the Waskerley Beck. It's a scenic route with some attractive countryside and a nice way to reach the water if you have time.
In Wolsingham you can also extend your walking in the area by picking up the waymarked Weardale Way. The trail will take you through the area along the River Wear to Stanhope if you follow it in a westerly direction.
About a mile north of the reservoir you could pick up the Waskerley Way. The trail will take you to the nearby Smiddy Shaw Reservoir and Waskerley Reservoirs.
A little further to the north there's Allensford Country Park to explore. There's nice riverside trails, a decent cafe and a lovely waterfall on the Wharnley Burn in this popular and picturesque park.